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LYM Perina nuda (Banyan Tussock Moth)

a female Banyan Tussock Moth

Dragon Garden, Sham Tseng, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong

 

Insecta: Lepidoptera

Erebidae, Lymantriinae

Perina nuda

 

a feature of the lymantriinae is that they can't feed as adults due to the poorly developed haustellum (= proboscis / tongue). In this photo (see note) the haustellum can clearly be seen in its two sections, not zipped together, which renders it impossible for it to be used like a straw and thus prevents the adult moth from feeding. Consequently all the energy this moth uses has to be stored from its days as a caterpillar.

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Thx to everyone for your comments and invites.

Explore #245 for 18 October 2008 (as of 2008-10-20; 09:30 HKT)

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Taken on October 16, 2008